The long gestating film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s acclaimed comic “Y: The Last Man” is, once again, dead in a ditch. At last report filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg had signed on to helm the film early last year.
Then… nothing. Today, Trachtenberg confirmed to Slashfilm that the film version is dead with the rights having reverted back to Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra several months ago. Here’s his lengthy answer:
“The rights reverted back to Brian quite a few months ago. I had such a great time working on that project and am truly sad the things we were cooking up can no longer happen. Like everyone else who’s a fan of the series I had always wished it either remain in its comic book form. Or, if it must be made, a TV series would be the only thing that would suffice.
However, the “big screen” and the “small screen” has changed drastically since Y came out and I think so much of the great TV in our current “golden age” has been directly or indirectly inspired by Y the Last Man. I started getting excited about bringing to the BIG screen what we’ve been getting in TV so readily now- great characters, RELATIONSHIPS, world building and genre re-combination.
Truly – I was excited to make an ADVENTURE movie, with swashbuckle, that was fun and funny but had something to say. Which is something that is distinctly BKV. Having real, true, honest ,people stuff amidst the big, fun, action stuff. We were in many ways quite faithful to the comic, though some characters were combined and some events re-arranged and some brief moments of action we dug into to create bigger action/adventure sequences.
The script was essentially the first two trades. Taking inspiration from the original Star Wars (Episode 4) – we wanted to tell a complete story… but not the whole story. Hoping that, in success, we could get tell the rest of our serialized adventure. Raiders of the Lost Ark was referenced a lot. Midnight Run and Big Trouble in Little China were referenced a lot. Willow and Ladyhawke I may have referenced a little too often.
In the end, working with all the producers and the writers was a great experience. And getting to meet Brian, who has been such an inspiration to me over the years was incredible. He’s as great a person as he is a writer. And now “Y the Last Man” is back where it should be, with its creator. I’m not sure Brian will ever want to do anything more with it and I’m not sure that he needs to.”
Trachtenberg is currently prepping his new film Valencia for Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures. He’s also scored “Annabelle” scribe Gary Dauberman to pen his upcoming time travel heist film “Crime of the Century”.